Minutes of Meeting

Support Services Committee Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Location: Building 12, 2nd Floor, Room 2405A

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order by Chair Luke Cornelius, at 1:00 pm.

Members Present:

Luke Cornelius, Donni Welch-Rawls, Patrick Kreidl, James Hall, Maria Atilano, Pieter de Jong, Yongan Wu, Brian Kopp

Members Absent:

None

Others Attending:

Kaitlin Legg, Assistant Director of LGBT
  • Approval of the Minutes
    The minutes of the September 22, 2015 meeting were unanimously approved.
  • Introductory Remarks/Old Business
    None
  • New Business
    Kaitlin Legg, Assistant Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center made a presentation on the LGBT Resource Center, and the current issues facing the LGBT community. The UNF LGBT resource center is one of only two Florida universities with a professional staffed LGBT resource center. Assistant Director Legg described the Center’s mission “to provide valuable education and resources for the campus and the Jacksonville community with a commitment to advocacy, equality, respect, and support for LGBT students, faculty, and staff.” Ms. Legg indicated that the center provides training, professional classroom speakers, scholarships, and special events throughout the year. In addition a gender-neutral housing program is in place and the LGBT resource center in Room 1111 of the East Student Union Building has open study areas and personnel on hand to answer any questions regarding LGBT resources and issues. She also informed the committee on some LGBT statistics and surveys. The committee asked some questions regarding training and also some specific questions regarding how to address an LGBT person in the classroom.

    Ms. Legg also made the committee aware of an upcoming training event. On Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 8:30AM in room 3703B of the Student Union West (Building 58W) the resource center will host a 4 hour event entitled “Creating Safe Spaces for LGBT Students, Faculty, and Staff” where “participants will learn terminology, become aware of resources, dialogue on strategies to reduce homophobia, heterosexism, and transphobia on campus, and participate in activities and discussion throughout.” Attendees will become Safe Space Affiliates listed on the LGBT Resource Center website. The “Safe Space Affiliate [program] allows students to be able to identify faculty and staff throughout the university as resources and allies to the LGBT community.”
  • Other Discussions/Announcement
    Cathryn Hagan, Associate Director of Small Business Development Center, will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, November 24, 2015 meeting.

    Patrick Kreidl agreed to initiate a Doodle calendar request for everyone on the Committee to select dates and times for a spring semester meeting.

    Maria Atilano agreed to reach out to Elizabeth Curry to see if she was available once a weekly meeting day was decided.

    Various other ideas were discussed for future committee presentations including Jeff Michelman, Josh Merchant, Dan Moon, and Ruth Lopez.
  • Adjournment & Next Meeting
    The meeting adjourned at 1:47 PM. Next meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 1:00 PM in the Library Small Conference Room 2405A.